31. WARSAW MUSIC ENCOUNTERS - May, 6-12, 2017

Warsaw Music Encounters is an annual festival of early and new music created in 1986. The Festival, founded and directed by the composer Władysław Słowiński, is organised by the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union and co-organised by Polish Radio Programme 2. Since its inception, the Festival has received the most significant financial support from the Capital City of Warsaw. Over the years, WarsawMusic Encounters has become a major element of the Capital’s yearly cultural offer. Besides the festival is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Our partners are: PZU Foundation and ZAiKS Author’s Association. Our Media Partners are: TVP 3 Warszawa, Radio dla Ciebie (Radio for You), Jazz Forum, www.polmic.pl and RMF Classic as an editorial co-operater.

Warsaw Music Encounters is one of the most important festivals of early and new music, but also the first and the only one that has made it a principle to combine these two on a regular basis. Thanks to this principle, the Festival provides an opportunity for many early music enthusiasts to get acquainted with contemporary works and discover that they “don’t bite” after all. The position in the Festival is also confirmed by the ever growing interest of Polish and foreign musicians who submit their programme offers. For many years now, the Festival has featured excellent performers and exciting repertoires.

In accordance with the programme formula contained in the Festival’s subheading "Early Music – "New Music", the Festival presents important early and new music compositions and promotes the most recent works by contemporary composers, written for the large part specially for this Festival, which also contributes to its unique character.

Since 2010, the Festival has also begun to present jazz music. Among the featured jazz artists, there was the legendary String Connection in 2010, the outstanding German Thärichen’s Tentett in 2011, in 2013 spirited jazz pianist Marcin Masecki, who made deconstruction of Scarlatti’s Sonates, in 2014 – We4 band with harmonica and vibraphone at the Forefront and in 2015 Atom String Quartet, the leading Polish jazz group and one of the most interesting string quartets of the world.

The Festival’s programme principles allow for a peculiar “interpenetration of cultures”, as the presented contemporary works frequently reflect some aspects of the early music compositions, whereas the jazz pieces contain influences from both. This can often prove inspiring and creative.

Among the Festival performers we should mention, apart from leading Polish artists, such orchestras like: Lviv's Chamber Orchestra, Kiev's Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus, Polish Radio Orchestra, Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra or Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra; ensembles as The King’s Singers, Musica Antiqua Köln, Musica Reservata de Barcelona, More Hispano-Vicente Parrilla, Discantus, Alla Francesca, La Morra, Moscow Kremlin's Choir, Concerto Italiano with the cembalist Rinaldi Alessandrini and Musica Nova;  soloists, including the violinist Alena Baeva, pianist Friedrich Hoericke and the cellist Ivan Monighetti and coductors: Agnieszka Duczmal, Krzysztof Słowiński or Jan Stanienda.

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World premiere of George Crumb’s METAMORPHOSES - Sunday, May 7, 4 pm

The world premiere of George Crumb’s METAMORPHOSES is happening! This is his first major piano cycle since hisMakrokosmos in the 1970’s.

Pioneers of the Avant-Garde Piano
Sunday, May 7, 4 pm
National Gallery of Art
Washington D.C.
East Building Auditorium
Free Admission


Metamorphoses trailer:

European premiere, June 9 at the Holland Festival:

May, 9, 2017, Tuesday, at 19.00, Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio

Admission free:

May, 9, 2017, Tuesday, at 19.00, Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio, 59 Modzelewskiego street, Warsaw


Emilia Sitarz i Bartłomiej Wąsik – pianos

Magdalena Kordylasińska i Miłosz Pękala – percussions

Tomasz Sikorski Listening music (1974) version for two pianos, marimba and vibraphone)  

George Crumb

Music for a summer evening (Makrokosmos III) (1974)

Nocturnal sounds (The Awekening)


The Advent – Hymn of the nativity of the Star-Child

Music of the Starry Night – Song of reconciliation

Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska ...et non est pacis for two piano and two percussions (2017)**

Aleksander Kościów Noumen for two pianos and two percussions (2017)**

Konzert Katharina Bleier - June 7, 2017

Konzerte (Wien) | Mittwoch, 7. Juni 2017 | 19.30 Uhr | Arnold Schönberg Center

Extended Piano – New World

Katharina Bleier Klavier

Sechs kleine Klavierstücke op. 19

Impression de Notre Dame op. 16/2

The Banshee

Mysterious Adventure

George CRUMB
Makrokosmos I (Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for amplified Piano)

Karten: € 14

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Margaret Leng Tan: Cowell, Cage, Crumb

Metamorphoses, Book I (2017) is George Crumb’s long-awaited new work for amplified piano. He is the Holland Festival’s composer in focus this year. Crumb wrote this com­position specifically for pianist Margaret Leng Tan. He once called her ‘a sorceress of the piano’ because she is so thoroughly familiar with the unusual sound palette and playing techniques he requires. Tan caused a furore with her virtuoso performance of Crumb’s famous Makrokosmos cycle, and worked for a long time with John Cage, whose The Perilous Night is on the programme too. There are also compositions by one of the founders of the American ex­perimental tradition, Henry Cowell, some of which are played entirely without using the piano keys.


John Cage (1912-1992)

The Perilous Night (1944) 


Henry Cowell (1897-1965)

The Tides of Manaunaun (1917)

Aeolian Harp (1923)

The Banshee (1925)

Advertisement (1914/1959)




George Crumb (1929)

Metamorphoses, Book I (2017)

European premiere


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